HUNTINGBURG – Bedford North Lawrence’s Jorj Filler and Ethan Stancombe finished third in their respective weight classes during the first annual Old Barn Brawl at Southridge on Saturday.
The Stars finished ninth in the star-studded 10-team field with 138 points. Tennessee powerhouse Baylor School won the team title with 311 while Southridge was second with 229.5.
Filler posted two decisions and a pin win while totaling four victories at 126 pounds. He topped Center Grove’s Eric Camargo (10-5) in his opener, then pinned Northview’s Olivia Slaughter in 1:43. After falling to undefeated Corydon star Zane Schreck (pin in 33 seconds), he came back to conquer Southridge’s Carter Anderson by an 8-1 count in the third-place match.
Stancombe started with three straight wins at 152, downing Northview’s Gilbert Clear (pin at 2:51), Brownsburg’s Thomas Rosenberger (9-6 decision) and Southridge’s Anthony Laughlin (15-8 decision). After suffering an 18-3 major decision setback to Baylor’s Ryan Tisdale, he bounced back to stop Center Grove’s Cash Krataska (9-2 decision) for third place.
Other top performances for the Stars came from Wyatt Philpott (fourth at 106 with two wins), Jaxon Powell (fourth at 170 with three victories) and Tate Tanksley (fourth at 195 with two wins on the mat).
“This was a fantastic tournament with some extremely high-level competition,” BNL coach Chris Branam said. “To have so many wrestlers in medal contention was fantastic. All of our wrestlers were able to get lots of mat time today against tough competition, that will pay dividends come sectional.
“Wyatt shows a lot of promise. Jorj took third in a stacked class and looked focused today. I think he’s setting the stage for an impressive end to this season. Ethan also took third and did so in dominant fashion. His only loss of the day was to a senior from Baylor who will be wrestling D1 – not too shabby for a sophomore.
“Jaxon took his first lumps, but I am amazed at the progress he’s made from last season. He’s really putting it together this year. Tate, like Wyatt, is a rookie to the sport. These two might be battling for rookie of the year come banquet time.
“Overall a great day for the team, and I’m happy with where things are headed for BNL wrestling.”
BNL will visit Bloomington North on Thursday.